Migration and Population Movement in the Middle East

For centuries, migration – both forced and voluntary – has contributed to shaping the history of the Middle East. This course will provide an overview of major waves of population movements to, from and within the Middle East and the ways they influenced societies, cultures, economies, and politics in the region.

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Course outline

1. Turkey: The first central Asian nomadic tribes in the 13th century; population movements in the Ottoman Empire; Muslim refugees during the last decades of the empire; Greeks and Armenians during and after World War I.
2. Israel/Palestine: Jewish and Palestinian exiles and returns
3. Migrant workers within and without the Middle East
4. 21th century wars and refugees from Iraq and Syria.

Learning outcomes

Have thorough knowledge of Middle Eastern history and ability to better understand current events.


  • 4 x Tuesdays, 6 - 27 August, 10am – 12pm
  • $125.00 incl. GST
  • The University of Auckland, City Campus
  • Presented by Ayelet Rosen

Seminar presenter

Ayelet Rosen

Ayelet Rosen

Dr. Ayelet Zoran-Rosen holds a B.A. in Middle Eastern and African History and Political Science and an M.A. in Middle Eastern and African History, both from Tel Aviv University, and a PhD in History and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies from New York University. She has been a member of the Europe Institute at The University of Auckland and is currently an honorary research fellow at the school of humanities.

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